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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop AleNorthern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jmatthew on 10-15-2001

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed a bomber of this while visiting a friend in Austin, Texas. This beer pours a medium copper, with a copius amount of foamy white head, with lots of lacing. The aroma is of citrus and pine hops, with a slight sweet malt presence. The taste has a moderate pine hop bite, and a smooth malt backbone, quite balanced. There is a mild carbonation, with no noticeable warming. This is very easy to drink, a decent offering from this brewery.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.13/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a clear medium amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention but no lacing. Aroma consists of bitter hops with some traces of caramel malt. Taste is a mix between some bitter green hops with some notes of caramel malt. Medium body with some average carbonation. This beer is really average on so many levels and it definitely isn't one of the best harvest hops beers that I have had the chance to try.

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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange tone with good clarity. Cascading foam at first, a good 1" head that slowly simmers down. Lace that has a certain terraced effect, with stairstepped rings...pretty cool.

Citrusy grapefruit in the aroma, a little bit earthy and grassy, pure wet hops.

A nice toasted malt follows up the bitter yet juicy hop load. Lingering bitter pine with a hint of sweet. Malt has a round feel after the inital bitterness. Dry, tacky in the aftertaste. Very easy to finish the 24 oz. bottle. Reccommended.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint 8 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. This is the 2011 vintage. Acquired at Wally's Wine. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a four finger head of very appealing cream lacing, great thickness, and good retention. Maybe four minutes. Colour is a dark copper; semitransparent.

Sm: Pleasantly hoppy and light, with some lovely floral notes. Moderate in strength and quite appealing.

T: Pleasantly hoppy with some lovely toasted malt as a foundation. Some nice floral notes are present alongside cream but only in the open. No alcohol comes through. The hops are really nicely treated and fit right in. It's well balanced and built, though it's a touch too bitter on the finish and in the aftertaste. It's simple, but forgivable. Complexity wouldn't suit the style (I'm judging it as an Autumn Ale, not the forced categories of Beeradvocate).

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some nice cream. It's nice and pleasant. It suits the flavour in a general sense.

Dr: Very drinkable if not for the ruinous bitterness on the finish. I'd try it on draught if I found it, but otherwise it's not interesting enough to make me pay its price again.

2013 batch reviewed 10/20/13. Reviewed live. Notes below are truncated since I've already reviewed this. 1 pint 8 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pry-off cap served into a pilsner glass in me gaff in Austin, Texas. Purchased earlier today.

Served cold. Side-poured.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a two finger wide head of off-white/light khaki colour. Nice thickness and creaminess. Decent frothiness. Head retenton is good - about 5-6+ minutes.

Body colour is a clear copper of above average vibrance. Appears adequately carbonated. No yeast particles are visible.

Standard fare for style. Not unique/special. No obvious flaws.

Sm: Floral hops. Grassy. Bready malts, caramalt, pale malts. Faint fruity hops; quite vague. Light restrained pine. Some toasted grains. Some oily hop character. Grassiness is dominant. A pleasant aroma of mild strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Piney hop character, floral hops, vaguely fruity hops. Some grassiness. Caramalt, pale malts, toasted grains, clean barley. Hints of lemon citrus/zest. Okay tradeoffs between malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness; the balance is never ideal. Not a gestalt beer. Has general cohesion. Has interesting elements, but overall it's a fairly simple brew without much subtlety or nuance. I like it generally, but it's not great.

Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with enough coarseness to coax out some depth of flavour. Unrefreshing. Overcarbonated. Too thick and full-bodied for the flavour profile. Slightly oily. Decent presence on the palate.

Not harsh, astringent, gushed, or boozy.

Dr: A drinkable IPA that exhibits none of the best aspects of a wet hop ale. It's decently priced, but I wouldn't bother with it again. Better balance and more complexity/subtlety is needed. Certainly not world class, but worth trying once.


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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 24 oz. bottle of this for $2.49

Damn, this is one hoppy/delicious beer. Although you can smell and taste the hops easily, the beer is still not that bitter and has a very 'wet' mouthfeel to me.. which is different but good. I think it's kinda of cool how they do this in one night and bottle it all up and ship it out in a day. For the price, it was one of the best purchases I made and I'm gonna go out and get more this weekend.

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Photo of zeff80
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz bottle acquired via trade with dertbert

A - Poured out a cloudy, amber/orange with a very foamy, off-white, two-finger head. It left nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled of fresh hops and grasses. It really had a nice floral aroma. There was also a roasted malt nose.

T - It had a great carmel roasted malt flavor. Good hop kick with hints of citrus.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - Great APA. You can really tell how fresh hops make a difference in a beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a 16 oz. pint glass with the Bell's Oberon logo. This is the 2008 version, the 12th Release. Bottled on September 22, 2008.

A: Pours a nice, thick, and bubbly two-fingered head. The top of the head looks like the surface of the moon and it is already quite apparent that there will be plenty of lacing with this brew. The color is a dark amber. There are no apparent carbonation bubbles, and the beer is quite transparent.

S: Very sharp immediately on the first whiff. Slight floral aromas. A little bit of pine as well.

T: Somewhat grassy and the hops have faded a little bit. Slightly bitter.

M: Lightly carbonated and medium-bodied. The beer feels slightly thicker in the mouth than the typical APA. There is somewhat of a dry feeling present on the roof of my mouth, though the beer goes down smooth.

D: This beer could be quasi-sessionable. As it is, the 24oz. bottle suits me perfectly--two servings of this should be a decent start off to any night.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Man I love the fresh hop ales,I should have bought this when more fresh.Poured into a standard pint glass a rich clear copper/bronze with a large fluffy two finger slight off white head atop.Aromas of pine and caramel mainly with a bit of citrus and biscuit as well.Flavors are spicey like the label claimed,the hops are not overpowering but are the dominant flavor with a full caramel base.A little thin but not overly so,I very nice brew I liked the spiciness going on there,well done.

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Photo of nickfl
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of off white foam leaves good lace. The dark copper body is crystal clear.

S - Smells like hops (surprise). Strong floral/citrus hop aroma and a barely discernible malty note in the background. Really reminiscent of raw (unboiled) hops.

T - Aggressive hoppiness, mostly in the flavor area. There is also a powerful malt note in this beer and while it never eclipses the hops it is absolutely essential to keep them from overwhelming the palate. Elements of citrus, pine, and non-specific spiciness. Bitterness only really shows up in the finish and it is admirably restrained.

M - Medium to slightly heavy body with moderate carbonation. Slight astringency.

D - I am somewhat surprised to say that this beer is highly drinkable. I am always a bit wary of hop-centric beers, especially from west coast brewers, as they can easily become over the top abuses of the virtues of the hop bine. However, SNV Harvest is a strong reminder that many brewers are capable of centering a beer around hops while maintaining balance and bringing out all of the best characteristics of the hops. I think that one of the reasons that this beer is so successful is its somewhat restrained bitterness. By aiming their hops more at aroma and flavor than bittering they have achieved a level of hop complexity far beyond that of beers that shoot for shock-value IBU numbers.

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Photo of jlindros
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/24/14, barely a month old, which is nice for a beer like this as often you find them more than a month old already on the shelf.

Pours a nice fizzy slight creamy bubbly 1 finger head that fades fairly slowly, nice soapy notched lacing, a very clear amber slight rosy reddish-orange color.

Nose explodes out of the gate! Lots of fresh hops, plenty fruity, with some citrus and grapefruit, with plenty of floral hops as well, a little pine and grassy notes too, with some fresh wet hop resin and hop oils. Also a sweet toasty reddish almost caramel candy like malt underneath, but mostly hops, and even dank.

Taste brings malts out front actually, a sweet candy malt, toffee, caramel and even a touch of a toasted brown sugar like, but not too sweet, just thick and chewy sweet malts, it tastes kinda like a brown ale actually. Then hops kick in, plenty of them too, with some grassy earthy notes out front, then quickly into a mild spicy and piney flavor. Pine eventually seems to dominate, bringing a mild dankness, and some resin, fresh wet hop oil and resin, mild grapefruit and citrus rind in there too. Fluffy malts finish it off as it dries a bit on the finish, little sticky but pretty dry, quite bitter too as it wasn't too bitter to start, a bit more pine and spicy hop notes lingering, a touch of resin and dankness, and a little candy malt toffee caramel flavor.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, nice fluffy full malt feel, with nice carb.

Overall pretty nice but not great, it has some good hops that come through nicely on the aroma but are quite lacking on the flavor, malts are nice but hard to see that in an IPA, more like an amber or even brown ale, nice bitterness, great mouth feel, but just lacking that hop profile on the flavor to really kick this up.

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Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours a massive 2 and a half creamy tan head. Settles to a pillow topped head.Leaves some thin webbie lacing. At the end of the glass, the lacing becomes thick walls. Really, really cool to see. Great retention. Color is a clear dark orange copper.

Aroma: Very sweet earthy hops combined with floral hops. Almost a bit musky. Has a bready aroma and a combination of citrus. A really great smelling IPA.

Taste: At first the hops seem to be perfect, but then they settle and it loses that initial 'zing.' This is a very bready/musky beer. Very hoppy of course. As the beer warms, it becomes a little more inviting. Slight alcohol makes an appearance. The citrus is a little 'warmer' here (not so sourish).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied as well as carbonation (which is right on the money). Very dry-bitter on the palate. Ends with an extremely sticky dry aftertaste that is expected from hop-bombs.

Overall, I think I enjoyed this one a little better than the other harvest series beer I had. I just seemed to stick out a little more against all the other IPAs out there. I paid $5 for a 24 oz of this and I think that this was a great deal. If you can find it around, it is worth a shot. I know I won't have a problem finishing this one up.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From one of the newly released 11th Edition 2007 24oz bottles.

Pours a clear reddish orange with about an inch or so of fantastic looking white head that left some great lacing. Aroma is just of fresh, fresh, earthy hops, piney resin, and citrus but a spicey sweetness creeps in at the end.

Taste matches the aroma perfectly. Fresh hop character dominates but there is that nicely spiced malt backbone for balance. Nice medium body with a hoppy bitterness lasts until the end. Drinkability is off the charts. Easy drinking and refreshing for hop heads and non hop heads alike.

What can I say. This is one of my favorite beers on draft and it's just as good in the bottle. Kudos to Sierra Nevada for finally making this available in bottles. Do yourself a favor and seek it out.

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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/24/2014. Pours lightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, mango, caramel, toasted bread, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/earthy hops and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, mango, pine, herbal, floral, grass, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, mango, pine, herbal, floral, grass, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness, balance, and complexity of juicy citrus/earthy hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a really excellent wet hop IPA. All around great complexity and balance of juicy citrus/floral hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

6.3% ABV as indicated by the keg cap. Clear, copper in color with a very creamy and dense, 1/4" tight-bubbled tan head that holds really well and leaves very nice lace throughout the glass. The aroma is like opening a bag of fresh whole leaf hops! Stunning. Slightly sweet Cascades. It's hard to find the malt through the hop aroma. The body is medium with a very fine carbonation, giving a zesty mouthfeel that becomes creamy as it warms. The flavor is of a rich, lightly sweet, somewhat biscuity and brightly caramel malt entwined with restrained, grassy & lightly citrusy hop flavors. The hops are all in the nose! And that's not easy to do - very well brewed! Nor is the bitterness overdone. Very well balanced allowing malt and hop flavors to come through unhindered! An extremely nice and incredibly enjoyable beer that is absolutely worth seeking out. Draft only.

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Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy and malty amber ale.

I'm glad I tried this back-of-the-cooler bottle. Beautiful amber color with a touch of red. Big mouthful of hops with resiny and floral flavors. But malt is very assertive. Mellow and a hint of sweetness. Bitterness finally takes over for the aftertaste. We tried it with the assertive flavors of Middle Eastern food and it was ideal.

Why don't more hop shop breweries try this kind of restraint in their IPA? Or come up with new category for extreme hop-crazed beers? Like Beyond IPA. This is so pleasant yet hop powered, I think it ought to set a standard.

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Photo of chinchill
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2010 edition
1.5 pint bottle served in .5 liter Austrian mug.

A - pours clear dark amber with lovely highlights and a very substantial frothy head. The head has excellent retention and leaves the glass coated with lace.

S - moderate strength, dominated by piney hops.

T - rich. Fresh hops dominate but much of the bitterness is countered by a solid malt backbone. Malt most obvious initially and in finish, with hoppy aftertaste. According to brewer, IBU = 60-65.

M - full; remarkably smooth for style; good carbonation

D - Very hoppy and nicely bitter but a significant sweet/caramel malt presence gives this beer excellent drinkablilty [in contrast to the very hoppy but overly bitter Imperial IPA I drank last night].

UPDATE: 2012 edition consumed Jan. 2013 earns about the same high ratings.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bronzed orange peel with honey colored trim. I'm surprised that the beer is perfectly clear. Where's the haziness from the hop particles? The impressively bubbly cap, equal parts pale sandstone and pastel orange, is laying down lace as only a resin-filled fresh hop ale can. Forget the clarity, this is great looking beer.

Although the nose is wonderful, I expected more in terms of pure pungency. With this many fresh Centennial and Cascade hop cones on the loose, the aroma should be jumping out of the glass with reckless abandon. Edit: warming turns up the volume and allows me to grant the above score. The caramel malt is evident, as is the grapefruitiness of the C-hops.

I wish Sierra Nevada (and all brewers for that matter) could figure out a way to get 'fresh hop' flavor to last longer than a few months. Actually, a few months is probably pushing it. This bottle is an estimated six weeks of age and I'm sure it's lost a little in that time. It's still beautifully hoppy, although it's nowhere near scathingly hoppy. Assuming it ever was.

I like the specific recipe that Harvest Ale uses more than I like the recipes for Pale Ale and Anniversary Ale. It might be the freshness of the hops, but I have a feeling that it's the *Centennial* hops that make me love this APA as much as I do. The pale and caramel malt backbone is sturdy enough to stand up to the grapefruit and bitter orange pithiness and to give the beer some semblance of balance.

Things improve as each mouthful progresses because the malt sugars fade first, allowing the hops to slap the tongue around a little on the long, lingering finish. The mark of a great beer is that each mouthful is better than the one that came before. Harvest Ale is great beer. It's also compulsively drinkable beer, so I'm glad that it comes in a big, fat, 24-ounce bottle.

I'm not sure what else one could ask for in an APA mouthfeel. It didn't get my attention at first, but it definitely has it now. The beer is amazingly smooth and polished with a voluminous silkiness borne of a perfect amount of carbonation. Great job.

The single word that occurs to me when I think of Sierra Nevada is 'solid'. As it turns out, one of the original American craft breweries is also one of the best. Harvest Ale (11th Edition) is delicious beer that deserves to be released throughout the entire country, right alongside their standard lineup. Given its 'fresh hop' nature, I know that isn't possible, but it sure would make a lot of hopheads happy. This one included.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served up a clear, amber-hued body with a ½ inch of lasting white foam that left sheer sheets of lace on the way down.

Smell: Citrusy hop nose smelling of pithy grapefruits and lemons accented by notable notes of caramel and toasted grains and a touch of spice.

Taste: A start of toasty pale malts with a lightly sweet touch of light caramel. Next, in rolls the pithy citrus character and hints of spiciness and florals from the Centennial and Cascade hops. Medium-plus bitterness, though it accumulates on the tongue, eventually overshadowing the malts. Drying, bitterish finish with a final note of grains.

Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Yet another decently drinkable, fairly enjoyable India Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange/amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is very well-balanced. There's a good, strong hops presence up front that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Eventually, as the sweetness fades, the hops bitterness starts to take dominance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style even though you could argue that this is an IPA rather than an APA. This is a very enjoyable beer that I could drink for a long time.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thrilled to see this one on tap tonight at mezzaluna i went straigh/t at it for my first beer. served cold an in a pint glass, consumed on 10/09/2010

really just a fantastic pour, exactly what i would have expected with a deep copper color and a rich head of two fingers high coating the sides of the glass throughout.

aroma is deep piney hops. fresh and clean with a pronounced bitterness to it. warming does nothing but bring this out to the forefront even more. really just an amazingly complex hop aroma. clean, crisp and ever refreshing the resin filled flavor coats the palate and leaves you looking for more the second that dry finish hits your lips.

overall simply a stunning example of quality.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I appreciate Warriorhbt for giving me the first opportunity to taste this ale - I had to get a second taste since this is an intriguing beer probably only the 4th or 5th wet hop beer I have ever drank and I found this to be as worthy as the first magical Wet hopped experience.
Poured chilled from the 24oz into my Bass trademark glass and mug
A - A dark amber the color of a maple leaf. The 2.5 finger head is an ecru shade like eggnog that stands proudly above the glass rim and settles to 1/2 inch and appears like a fluffy cloud w/ creamy smoothness and excellent thick lace

S - An interesting herbal and toasted aroma which has a creamy malty note and slight nutty/biscuit essence w/ a mild vanilla/caraway seed element

M - The feel is 'green' supple, interesting w/ a mild vegetal /tea/spice and mild pine resinous and faintly astringent hoppy texture. The malt is pristine w/ a creamy and grainy dryness the ale seems to resonate on the tongue

T - A mild carbonation level carries the huge and fresh hop flavors in the place where taste buds react ecstatically. The malt has a flavor that does nothing but compliment the excellent fresh picked flavor w/ a touch of green tea and mild cooking herb flavors. The taste even has some toasted almond notes - the taste seems to emphasize a mild alcohol taste as it warms-(1/2 hour in) with a mild grassy flavor/texture but ever so slight. A great taste 1st to last sip

D - Phenomenal brew by a pioneer in the realm of American craft brewing. The beer is nuanced and makes great use of the fresh hops in the overall flavor and I truly appreciate the utilization of the fresh earthly humulus lupus. This ale went great with my Chicken parm!

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Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first time I've had this years, so I'm excited!

2007 offering pours a an effervescent copper/amber with 4+ fingers of fluffed up sand colored head.

S: Some piney hops & a little bit of caramel & breadyness as this warms. Very good lacing, loads of spots & clumps of bubbles stuck to the side & above average head retention

T: Breadyness with piney & grapefruitty hops up front. A bit of baker's chocolate as this warms along with leafy & piney hops. Finishes with grapefruitty & piney hops, plus some honey sweetness & a whisper of grainyness

MF: Medium bodied, a little oily with moderate carbonation & very good balance

Drinks very easy, a pretty good celebration of the hop, not perfect by any means. I recall this being better on draft, but I usually find that to be the case. Needs more aromatic hops to make me really happy. Just ecstatic to find it down here!

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Photo of Jason
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was really surprised to find bottles of this beer at my local East Boston Kappy's, just more proof that popularity of good beer is still on the rise.

24oz brown bottle. Tarnish copper penny color, good clarity and the lacing is out of this world. Smells of green hops cut right off of the vine, a little vegetable and woody. Mild fruity esters and toasted grain in the nose as well. So damn smooth and creamy, a perfect level of carbonation in this solid medium bodied brew. Big fresh cut grass and oily hop character to start, bitterness is there but not harsh at all. Maltiness is bready with undertones of crust and caramel. Faint fruitiness from the alcohol and hops, finishes a little bitter with a broad flavor of fresh hop oil.

I'll be heading back to the store to get a few more bottles as this easily cured my hop fix. I look forward to this beer every year for at least the past few years.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

A: Pours a crystal clear deep copper to amber in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a couple of small thick patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate flavors of citrus/orange peel and pine hops over the top of caramel malts with just a touch of sweetness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel malts with some light amounts of sweetness followed by fairly intense flavors of citrus/orange peel and pine hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

O: Easy to drink because of the pleasant wet hop flavors and well hidden ABV - enjoyable and one I will look forward to getting again next year. Overall the flavors are well balanced with a good amount of complexity.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at Durty Nellie's.

Been dancing around this one for years, figured it was time to finally take it down. It pours a clear brass-amber topped by a finger of lightly sandy cream-white foam. The nose comprises pine needles, caramel, sweet toffee, and a bit of lemon zest. This isn't to say that it smelled old or anything, but rather it smelled more balanced than I imagined a wet hop from SN to be. The taste holds notes of pine resin, light cedar, mild caramel, light menthol, and a kiss of spearmint. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice wet hop, one that maintains a healthy balance without disregarding or canceling out the wet hop addition. Still, it is a bit one-sided in terms of hop flavor, but this isn't a total negative, as it works well with it.

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.17 out of 5 based on 3,558 ratings.
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